Outside Scholarships and Veterans Benefits

Outside Scholarships

Throughout the year, the financial aid office receives announcements from the legal community with scholarship opportunities. Below is the list of the current announcements. For more information on the individual scholarships, feel free to contact the agency directly.

Jewish Vocational Service Scholarship Program 

A need-based program providing scholarships for college and graduate school for Jewish students who are permanent residents of Los Angeles County. 

More information is available on the JVS website.

Deadline: March 31, 2016

Amount: $500 to $5,000

Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships are available to law student members of our Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters and are awarded based upon demonstrated commitment to ALDF’s mission, “to advance the interests and protect the lives of animals through the legal system.” Applicants should be committed to the advancement of animal law through active involvement with their SALDF chapter while in law school and anticipated participation in the field after graduation.  For more information, please see the website.

Deadline: April 1, 2016

Amount: $5,000

M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship

The M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship Fund was named in memory of the late M. Katherine Baird Darmer, an activist, law professor, and champion of change for the LGBT community in Orange County and beyond.  The Fund will award one or more scholarships each year to academically qualified law students who have demonstrated commitment to advancing equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Orange County.  Determinations regarding the amount and number of awards are at the sole discretion of the scholarship committee jointly appointed by OCLBA and OCEC and the Liberty Hill Foundation.  For more information, please see the website. 

Deadline: May 1, 2016 (5 p.m.)

Amount: Varies

Mike Eidson Scholarship

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it.  The Scholarship, traditionally given in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. To apply, complete the application and verification form

Deadline: May 1, 2016

Amount: $5,000

La Raza Lawyers Association – Hon. Mario G. Olmos Memorial SCcholarship 

Since 1980, La Raza Lawyers Association of Fresno (LRLA) has awarded scholarships to deserving law students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership ability, involvement in the Latino community, financial need, and ties to California’s Central Valley.  Since 1991, the LRLA scholarships have been awarded in memory of the Honorable Superior Court Judge Mario G. Olmos, a Fresno County jurist and respected community leader who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1990 at the age of 43.  Judge Olmos epitomized the ideals of honor, courage, leadership, and public service through his achievements as a student, volunteer, lawyer and judge. The selected law students have been awarded their scholarship at an annual banquet that serves to honor the memory of Mario Olmos.  To apply, please see the application

Deadline: May 6, 2016

Amount: Varies from $1,000 to $3,000

The Expert Institute's 3rd Annual Legal Writing Scholarship

The Expert Institute is offering a $2,000 scholarship for the best legal blog post written by a law student on the topic of expert witnesses.To be considered for the scholarship, you must submit a 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation through the online submission portal.  For portal access and more information please see the website

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Amount: $2,000

Writing Competitions

Students can also win monetary prizes and a chance to be published through various writing competitions. Check the writing competitions web page for a list of opportunities.

Veterans Benefits

All School of Law programs are approved for veterans' benefits. Eligible students should contact their regional V.A. office.


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